Terence Moore has covered a variety of sports for more than three decades and contributes columns to MLB.com.
|Mookie Betts is good. Actually, he's really good. He's the next Ted, Yaz, Jim Rice and Big Papi in terms of making those around New England feel warm and fuzzy about the Red Sox for long stretches. The fact that this promising infielder-turned- outfielder is African-American only adds to why the following is so encouraging for Major League Baseball.
More» Betts launches a two-run homer|
|Not only was LaTroyHawkins a splendid competitor, ranking 10th on the all-time list of pitchers for games played at 1,042, but he finished each season as one of baseball's nicest guys. The recently-retired reliever recently dished on his favorite teams and toughest opponents.
More»Hawkins accepts the Slocum Award for durable career|
|There it was, tucked inside a list of news items near the bottom of most sports pages and websites. It read, "Former Astros and Giants general manager H.B. 'Spec' Richardson died Tuesday in Columbus, Ga., of natural causes at 93. Richardson is remembered for several major trades." Yes, indeed.
|It didn't take long for Daniel Murphy to establish himself as a certified member of the Nationals after he went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two walks and a run scored during their 4-3 victory in 10 innings on the road over the Braves on Opening Day.
More» Murphy comes up big in Nationals debut|
|With the 1970's Reds teams terrorizing folks throughout the decade courtesy of a nearly unprecedented group of Hall of Famers and perennial All-Stars filling their roster, the Big Red Machine had such an open-door policy regarding kids that nobody will match it.
More»Tony Perez and the Big Red Machine|
|Just so nobody gets the wrong idea, John Schuerholz plans to stick around both the Braves and baseball for a while. So let's review the Schuerholz-inspired impact on the Braves after this former Royals GM joined what was a struggling organization in the standings for years before the 1991 season.
More»Braves reveal organizational changes, name new execs|
|Joe Garagiola's words and his sense of humor impacted plenty of people -- and figure to do so even after his death.
More»Justice remembers baseball legend Joe Garagiola|
|Matt Moore's glove is going to the White House. If Chris Archer is lucky, he'll get a member of President Barack Obama's family to respond to him on Twitter.
More» Cash, Moore on historic game against Cuba|
|In case you missed it, Ryne Sandberg rejoined the Cubs this week for Spring Training after a six-year hiatus, and the whole thing triggered a thought. Try as they might, none of the other professional sports surpasses baseball at keeping its old legends visible and relevant.
More»Ryne Sandberg returns home as Cubs ambassador|
|For a decade through 1970, Willie Mays played in the worst ballpark in Major League history if you're into ripping home runs.
More»Bridich, Weiss on new dimensions at Coors Field|
|Jeff Francoeur didn't have a Hall of Fame career, but there is encouraging news: Folks placed his plaque in the Good Guy Hall of Fame long ago.
More»Francoeur hopes to make Braves as non-roster invitee|
|Even if we weren't in the middle of Black History Month, there are so many reasons why baseball fans should get to know Ralph Garr along the way to embracing his career.
More»Ralph Garr inducted at Night of Champions|
|More than a few people are smiling and nodding these days when they think about Bernie Stowe, the beloved clubhouse manager of the Reds who died this week, and I'm among his eternal admirers.
|They said what they had to say. Then again, it's Super Bowl Week, so if you're linebacker Shaq Thompson of the Carolina Panthers and offensive lineman Ryan Harris of the Denver Broncos, this is neither the time nor the place to confess that your career path should have involved bats and gloves instead of blocking and tackling.
More»Panthers' Shaq Thompson spent brief time with Red Sox|
|In honor of Black History Month, here are nine notable achievements or contributions by African-Americans to Major League Baseball behind Jackie Robinson's entry into the game.
More» Robinson steals home|
|In case you hadn't noticed, Major League Baseball is moving base by base closer to reaching home plate regarding its stated mission of bringing more minorities into all aspects of the game. So how fast is baseball running along these lines? Well, when Rob Manfred retires as Commissioner, I'm guessing Tyrone Brooks will rank among his possible successors.
More»Rob Manfred speaks at Sports Diversity Symposium|
|Between selling pizza and running the Detroit Red Wings, Mike Ilitch has owned the Tigers since 1992. He's now 86, and he remains wonderfully obsessed with grabbing a fifth World Series championship for the Tigers and their first in 32 years.
|Since the death of Monte Irvin on Monday at 96, nobody knows how many Negro Leagues players remain these days, but this is for sure: Their legacies will last forever, and the face of James "Red" Moore brightens whenever the subject is Irvin, baseball or just about anything else.
|Somehow, after 38 years and a little digging, I found Duke Hail in Trenton, Ohio, for our second conversation ever. Our first occurred in July 1978, when I interviewed Hail for the Cincinnati Enquirer about a rambunctious 8-year-old kid whom he regularly babysat for long stretches.
|If you've never heard of the late Bobby Dews, he was a gifted writer disguised as a baseball lifer, with twinkling eyes and something witty, scholarly or flat-out hilarious always sitting near the tip of his tongue. Actually, he was much more than that.
More»Bowman, Justice on passing of Dews|